Quotes

From time to time, Headlines highlights quotes from communications policymakers and observers. Below is a collection of those quotes beginning in September 2006. (Feel free to use these at cocktail and dinner parties.)

What Republican Lawmakers Are Saying About FCC Chairman Pai's Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement commending Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai: “for taking bold action . . . to turn back this portion of the Obama Administration’s eight-year regulatory assault on all aspects of our economy.”

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Today's Quote 05.02.2017

Location:
BTIG, 825 3rd Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States

“The FCC has basically said: ‘Game on. We’re going to let you consolidate further than anyone had imagined.’”
- Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG.

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Today's Quote 03.13.2017

Recommendation:
2

“Saying, ‘[regulation] is going to slow down our incentive to invest’ is everybody’s first line of defense...It’s balderdash.”

— Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Today's Quote 02.27.2017

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

If there were ever a moment for government leaders who believe that true information unearthed by independent news sources is vital to our nation to stand up and say so, this would be it.

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Today's Quote 02.06.2017

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

“Ajit Pai is intelligent and genial, but he is not on the side of consumers and the public interest.”

Today's Quote 10.31.2016

Recommendation:
2

“When the company that controls the pipes, so to speak, owns this very, very large content provider, it can cause a whole bunch of different horribles for consumers.”
-- Sen Al Franken (D-MN)

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Today's Quote 10.24.2016

Location:
BTIG, 825 3rd Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
2

“Let’s be honest, prices aren’t going to go down because of this. I don’t think vertical integration lends itself to consumer benefits.”
-- Rich Greenfield, a media analyst at BTIG Research, on AT&T-Time Warner deal

Today's Quote 09.30.2016

Recommendation:
2

“Sometimes Europeans see that we have good phones and ask, ‘Why does a refugee have a phone?’ These phones are like our visas. If we lose our phones, we lose our lives.”
-- Boutros, a Syrian refugee

Today’s Quote 09.27.2016

Location:
Trump Organization, 725 5th Ave., New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
2

Trump is more hostile to the legal and constitutional rights of the press than any major presidential candidate of the last two centuries.

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Today's Quote 01.13.2016

Location:
CBS, 51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
1

“I’m just a gay guy from Indiana who doesn’t play basketball. But now I’m the entertainment president of CBS.”
-- CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller

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Today's Quote 03.27.2015

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

“The world is going to be broadband -- wireless and fixed -- and that is where we want to be.”
-- AT&T’s Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey

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Today's Quote 03.26.2015

Location:
House Judiciary Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building -- 2141, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

“You're playing God with the Internet … That's not your job.”
-- Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

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Today's Quote 03.19.2015

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

“They lit up our phone lines, clogged our e-mail in-boxes and jammed our online comment system. That might be messy, but whatever our disagreements are on network neutrality, I hope we can agree that’s democracy in action and something we all can support.”
-- FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

“A properly functioning commission doesn’t make decisions based on the number of click-bait emails that interest groups can generate.”
-- Rep Greg Walden (R-OR)

“Decision makers actually took in and considered the advice of over 4 million Americans. I think that kind of public engagement with our government should be celebrated and not rolled over and disrespected.”
-- Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA)

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Today's Quote 03.18.2015

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“There is no way I am apologetic. I am fiercely proud of this decision.”
-- FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on net neutrality

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Today's Quote 03.17.2015

Location:
Diffusion Group, 9555 Lebanon Road, Frisco, TX, 75035, United States
Recommendation:
1

“Comcast wants to control the interface for everything, preferably using its X1 and X2 set-top boxes [STB]. It wants to create a standard for the industry and sell X1 and X2 to its peers, creating a Comcast-centric universe that gives it control over the box and all the data that comes with it. If need be, the STB can also incorporate streaming services like Netflix and Amazon (having to constantly switch inputs to watch those services is a key consumer pain point), though it will undoubtedly remain the center of a tightly-controlled universe that Comcast has to manage and maintain.”
-- Alan Wolk, Senior Analyst at The Diffusion Group

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Today's Quote 03.02.2015

Location:
Center for Media Justice, 436 14th Street, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
Recommendation:
1

“What happened? The people happened. Organizing happened”
- Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice, on the net neutrality decision

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Today's Quote 02.18.2015

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

“If oil and steel were the resources that defined the 20th century, then spectrum is the commodity that will be needed to deliver the digital economy.”
- David Crow, Financial Times

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Today's Quote 02.09.2015

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“We’ve had questions about the chairman’s background ... but he clearly at some level changed his mind [and] changed his policy, based on the input he received. And he deserves to be praised for that.”
-- Free Press President Craig Aaron

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Today's Quote 01.27.2015

Location:
NY, United States
Recommendation:
1

“Where a community -- city or county or a district -- is not satisfied with the service rendered or the rates charged by the private utility, it has the undeniable basic right, as one of its functions of government, one of its functions of home rule, to set up … its own governmentally owned and operated service.”
- Gov Franklin Roosevelt (D-NY), 1932

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Today's Quote 01.21.2015

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

"I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world."

"21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure  -- modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet."

- President Barack Obama in the State of the Union address

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Today's Quote 01.09.2015

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
2

"I think the enforcement of the antitrust laws is absolutely fundamental to ensuring there's a competitive marketplace. But I don't believe when it comes to net neutrality that antitrust alone is going to be sufficient to address the concerns the FCC has raised, that [Chairman Tom Wheeler] has raised, that the President has raised, when it comes to ensuring an open Internet."

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Today's Quote 11.19.2014

Recommendation:
2

“I believe that the federal government should be laying down broadband like Eisenhower laid down interstates.”
- Author and actor John Hodgman

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Today's Quote 11.12.2014

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“I am an independent agency.”
- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

Today's Quote 10.16.2014

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“President Ronald Reagan wisely said that the ‘government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’ Unfortunately, I’m worried that’s where the [Federal Communications Commission] might be headed when it comes to the Internet.”
- FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

Today's Quote 09.22.2014

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“The bottom line is that the FCC may impose new wireless rules or demand ISP’s increase broadband speeds but, for the purposes of net neutrality, none of that matters without Title II.”
- Jeff John Roberts, GigaOm

Today's Quote 09.18.2014

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“I will assure you that Title II is very much a topic of conversation and on the table and something that’s we’ve specially asked for comment on.”

-- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler in testimony before House Small Business Committee

Today's Quote 08/06/2014

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

"I personally, the position of my Administration, as well as a lot of the companies here, is that you don’t want to start getting a differentiation in how accessible the Internet is to different users. "

- President Barack Obama

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Today's Quote 05.19.2014

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

"I did not spend the better part of two decades helping turn Silicon Valley from a Republican bastion to a Democratic bastion so my own team could fumble the ball on the two yard line."
-- Wade Randlett, Democratic fundraiser, on network neutrality

Today's Quote 05.08.2014

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

“I think we should delay our consideration of [Open Internet] rules by a least a month. I believe that rushing headlong into a rulemaking fails to respect the public response to his proposal.”
-- FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Today's Quote II 04.28.14

Location:
Benton Foundation, 1250 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

"Any net neutrality proposal must ensure the same quality access to online educational content as to entertainment and other commercial offerings. We need to ensure that the Internet remains a medium for opportunity not just an opportunity for Internet providers to increase profits."
-- Amina Fazlullah, Benton Foundation

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